We’ve “weathered” Halloween and are now moving into what will be the quickly disappearing months of November and December. Though filled with many happy times, these months have a way of making it feel that time is passing much too quickly!
Parent -Teacher conferences are occurring as I write. I hope that all of you will have time to speak face to face with your children’s teachers to hear about the many wonderful things our students have been accomplishing. We are so proud of their growth in only a short time since September. In addition, I know that the teachers will share ways in which you might help your children at home with any areas of need. Sometimes, those suggestions are as simple as reading with them, practicing math facts with them, or even making sure they are getting enough sleep and having a good breakfast. Those seemingly “small” things can make all the difference in a child’s academic life here at school.
Do YOUR Best and Find YOUR Passion
Our theme this year is two-fold, and teachers have been speaking with students about both trying to do THEIR very best and helping them to explore and discover their own talents. Friday’s open period at the end of the day has provided students with time to try new things, research new ideas and learn about things in which they are interested. Each grade level is organized a bit differently, but all are focused on allowing our students the gift of TIME to pursue those things that spark their creativity and interest.
Dr. Ken Robinson, an international speaker, scholar, and author of numerous books on creativity, feels that our schools do not provide enough time for children to find and use their creativity. He states that ““When students are motivated to learn, they naturally acquire the skills they need to get the work done.” When students are excited about their learning, there are many responses in their brains making connections that just would not occur without their having passion or emotion for that learning. Our hope is that we are making steps towards not only providing that additional time for students to explore, but that we are also doing more to assure that students are engaged and interested in their learning.
AMERICAN EDUCATION WEEK
During the week of November 18th, we will be celebrating American Education Week. This would be the perfect time for you to take a moment to thank a teacher for his or her contribution to your child’s learning and development. A short note or a personal thank you are always special. We are fortunate to have an amazing staff at Brayton, people who work hard and are dedicated to our students.
And finally, during this month of Thanksgiving, I want to thank all of you for your continued support of our school. The staff and I realize how fortunate we are to have parents who are always willing to help and support us in a myriad of ways. Our school community is like no other – how lucky I am to have been the principal here for so many years. I wish you all blessings for happiness and good health as we move into the holiday season.